`Hebo` Toscana IGT

Val di Cornia

Petra

This 300 hectare estate, created by the Moretti family of Bellavista, is situated...

in Suvereto in the Val di Cornia, Tuscany. When Vittorio Moretti, together with his daughter Francesca, set out in search of a property in the Maremma in 1997, they asked Attilio Scienza, Italy's most celebrated viticultural professor and consultant, to help them find the best spot. Scienza came up with Petra (the name is derived from the Latin for stone, or 'pietra' in Italian), which is to the south east of Bolgheri and inland from, although facing, the sea. The estate now has 94 hectares of vineyard across three separate plots, which surround a splendid modernist winery built by the Swiss architect Mario Botta. Francesca Moretti, CEO of Bellavista and Petra, and newly appointed winemaker Giuseppe Caviola, are working to ensure that the quality of fruit arriving in the winery is being captured in the finished wines. In the vineyard, they are in the process of organic conversion, while the gravity-fed winery has been designed to ensure as gentle a treatment of the grapes, must and wine as possible.

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Vineyards

The name Ebo was the name of an ancient Etruscan settlement in Suvereto. The wine is produced from a blend of grapes, the Sangiovese retaining its characteristic style, reflecting the rich soil in which it is grown.

Vintage Information

A cold and rainy winter preceded an irregular spring and was followed by exceptionally hot, dry summer weather, creating small bunches of Sangiovese. Yields were down across the region – exacerbated by several violent August hailstorms – although concentration levels are very good.

Vinification

The grapes were transported to the winery in plastic crates of up to 17kg. Natural yeasts were used for fermentation. Vinification took place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures. Matured in Slavonian oak casks, the wine then spent approximately 10 months in second or third passage French oak barriques, then spent a further 10 months in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red in colour. The bouquet is full of red fruit, with hints of black cherry and blueberry. The wine has excellent balance and length with a tangy finish of blackberry and dried fruit.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
30% Sangiovese
20% Merlot
Region Val di Cornia, Tuscany
Winemaker Giuseppe Caviola
Alcohol (ABV) 14%